The MATHletes Challenge


The MATHletes Challenge is a free tournament to transform maths learning in Ireland.

The online and in-person competition uses the Khan Academy website to help thousands of students across Ireland improve their maths abilities. It includes a Student Challenge and a Schools Challenge, and is open to students in 5th and 6th class, and Junior Cycle students. Over €10,000 in prizes will be awarded.


What is the MATHletes Challenge?

The MATHletes Challenge is a new national online and in-person maths competition for Irish primary and secondary students using the Khan Academy website. The Challenge includes both the Student Challenge and the Schools Challenge.

Contestants compete online through Khan Academy, which qualifies them for the Championship round: 3 playoff events where contestants compete in-person to be named county, provincial, and national champion. Over €10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded over the competition, with the top Student MATHlete of each class receiving a new iPad, and the top Schools receiving a cash award.

What is Khan Academy?

Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non‐profit with a mission of providing a free world‐class education for anyone, anywhere. Their free online educational resources include practice problems, instructional lessons, and learning tools to support personalised education for users of all ages. As of Jan 2014, they have 10 million users per month and over 4 million practice problems completed each day.

Teachers in Ireland – and around the world – have found the Khan Academy to be an amazing tool to engage their students and deliver results, and allows teachers to be more effective in their classrooms.

Learn more about how Khan Academy is transforming maths education in Ireland and worldwide.

Who can get involved?

The competition is open to 5th and 6th class students, and junior cycle students (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year) attending schools in in the Republic of Ireland.

When is the contest open?

The online contest opens at 12 noon on February 1st, 2014 and closes at midnight on Friday, April 11th. Participants can register at A timeline of the Challenge, including playoff dates is below:

Online Competition Opens for Student & Schools Challenge 12 noon Saturday, February 1st
Saturday Khan Clubs Ongoing at participating Association of Teachers’ Education Centres nationwide.
Leaderboards and training challenges posted Ongoing at
Online competition closes
for Student Challenge
Midnight on Friday, April 11th
Student Challenge County finals Saturday, May 3rd
Student Challenge Provincial finals Saturday, May 10th
Schools Challenge online competition closes Friday, May 16th
Student Challenge National FinalsSchool Challenge winners announced Saturday, May 24th
Awards presentation at eXCITE Digital Learning Conference Saturday, May 31st

*note: The dates for the County, Provincial, and National finals may be subject to change. We will notify all contestants of changes by email and at

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